By Rob Gerhardt
DEC 19-JAN 20 | Field Notes
I had just stepped out of the subway station when my cell phone rang. It was my father. I saw on the news that there are protesters gathering in Manhattan. Be careful getting home. OK, Dad. Thanks for letting me know. Ill be careful. I put my phone back in my pocket, reached for my cameras and felt the weight of them on my neck as I slipped their straps over my head. I adjusted my camera bag on my hip, turned the collar up on my old green army jacket, and took a deep breath as I faced the mass of protesters in front of me who had gathered in the chilly night air at Union Square.
MARCH 2021 | Fiction
This month, we bring you two works that explore the isolating effects of grief.
In her short story “To the Sea,” Sharon Adarlo uses magical realism to explore the way a tragic event can change us. The protagonist at the center is so consumed by her grief after the death of her child that she must endure a kind of supernatural growth to overcome it.
Beatriz Bracher structures novelsAntonio is the second of her four novels to be translated into English and published by New Directionsaround the peculiarities of narrative: uncertain recollections, overlooked characters, and crucial details hidden in plain sight. This novels central character, Benjamim, father to the titular Antonio, seeks the details of his own fathers life. But rather than follow Benjamim on the case, we're reading the fragments he collects. As readers, were substitute-detectives sorting through the accounts of three narrators and pinning our own red thread to the evidence.